Tapestry art has been practiced for many years and is still in use today. Beautiful fabrics, designs, stitching and patchwork have been an art style for centuries. The art form has been present among the masses since ages, with time, efforts have been made by some of the present day artists to preserve this wonderful art form by fusion with the modern world.
The origin of this craft began in Europe. In earlier times, tapestries were hand-woven in artistic patterns, designs and stitches. Hand woven yarn, the fabric was strong and of perfect quality. The patterns mostly consist of mythological drawings, flower patchwork which requires a lot of effort, patience and determination. This artwork was mainly executed by famous artists in Renaissance times. But, until a few centuries ago, the art of hand-woven fabrics was not appreciated by the general public.
Artists are currently trying to bring back this lost art and celebrate its sheer beauty. Over time the tapestry is being exhibited all over the world. It was introduced to Asia around the middle of the 20th century, thus tapestry weaving began throughout Asia. Tapestries originating in Asia are called oriental tapestries, which usually feature old Chinese symbols such as flowers, mythical creatures, and other things. The art of tapestry being used these days.
Artists have been able to give a contemporary twist to the ancient art form. Here are some famous people who have done a wonderful job in keeping the tapestry art alive in the 21st century.
CONTEMPORARY MASTER OF TAPESTRY :-
The distinction between weaving and painting has become almost obsolete in Julia Bland’s epic wall works. In the art of Julia Blind, loom-woven fabrics are patched and painted in oil; Pieces of canvas and fabrics such as silk, wool, and velvet are sewn together with hand-braised ropes climbing through intricate creations that are always about 7-foot-high squares.
Bland stated that the images and patterns of his creations arise from a unique and unmistakable process of handling his materials, with colorful and intricate works always finding order in their symmetrical, geometric structures.
It is the “rich and expansive, and exceedingly deep” history of textiles that the artist finds most difficult to communicate. He conveys his point of view to the public through the medium of art, Bland has called “the tapestry combination, context, Contradiction can be a kind of way of breaking, repairing, contracting, expanding”.
Cara Walker is an absolute treasure trove to the worlds of African artwork, painting and pop culture, as well as a renowned painter, filmmaker, filmmaker, print maker and a master tapestry weaver. He has focused his work on racial differences between whites and blacks, as well as slavery, political oppression, and racism. Kara Walker’s work is built around these themes as well as tapestries and paintings. Known for his use of black and white aesthetics of his art, the most famous tapestry he created is a raw, authentic and vivid depiction of the black community around the world.
Grayson Perry is an Englishman known for his ceramics. Grayson later discovered a talent for tapestry, and eventually became proficient at it and succeeded in the art of tapestry. The tapestry created by them shows the difference between classes and the wider society. His most famous work of tapestry is still The Vanity of Small Differences. Sometimes, the imagery on a tapestry can be disturbing because of the artist’s crude representation. He has created many tapestries on a large scale, for which Girison Parry has also been awarded the Turner Prize.
Peter Blake is a British pop artist known for his modern artistry and aesthetic tapestry. In addition, he was called the Godfather of British pop culture as he co-designed a sleeve for the Beatles album Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band. Peter Blake was not initially interested in tapestry, but gradually grew fond of the art of tapestry which resulted in some beautiful designs. The design created by him is quite straightforward, heavily influenced by American advertising and loud music.
There are many more talented tapestry makers around the world who are trying to create art using the traditional technique of weaving cloth. These artists include Beatriz Milhajes, Erin Riley, Joan Soroka, etc. Clothing is used by today’s artists as an art canvas in which they are seeing or feeling about certain issues. Pictures often obscure this art form which few people accept and appreciate. The art of tapestry can be woven in every direction and this allows the artist to convey an abstract view of it. The designer’s dedication and perseverance is reflected in the art of weaving threads on such a large scale. Standard tapestries that feature intricate designs and many, many intricacies are truly a wonderful treasure in the tapestry industry.
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